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January 01 2010

Operation HOPE Founder Joins International Leaders to Address Empowerment of the Future Workforce at Global Forum in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa - June 27, 2010 -- Business bestselling author and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant’s “Love Leadership” philosophy came under the spotlight at the Global Forum hosted by Fortune, Time and CNN here today.

He was participating in the session “The Quest for Talent” focused on the empowerment of a self sufficient, sustainable, talented work force. Delegates and panelists zeroed in on strategies that could help developing companies and nations develop skilled workers and empower them with the tools they need to survive in our current global economy.

“An empowered worker, one with the life skills to manage their financial future is the most stable performer for any company. Retaining and developing talent within an organisation has many challenges - economic, logistical, cultural… but one thing that supersedes them all is what I call ‘Love Leadership’,” noted Bryant.

“In a nutshell, Love Leadership focuses on what you have to give, not what you have to get; and it’s running your organisation with passion and sincerity. Leaders make mistakes, but when those who support you see that you are genuine, they are more likely to forgive you for those mistakes.”

Bryant was joined on stage by l. Kevin Kelly, the CEO of global leadership advisory firm Heidrick & Struggles and Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive of the Sanlam Group. The session was moderated by Fortune magazine’s Senior Editor at Large, Geoff Colvin.

The Global Forum event has become a major international conference since its inception in 1995. This year’s conference featured President Jacob Zuma; former US President Bill Clinton; former Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Shaukat Aziz; and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu among many other dignitaries, politicians and international business leaders.

While in South Africa, John Hope Bryant will join Archbishop Tutu in Cape Town to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Operation HOPE and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.  The ceremony will also commemorate the third anniversary of the HOPE’s financial literacy and empowerment programme, Banking on Our Future in South Africa.

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About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been America’s leading Financial Literacy and Empowerment nonprofit. With a presence in 70 U.S. cities and seven provinces in South Africa, HOPE has raised more than $500 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global stakeholders. With the support of more than 400 private sector businesses, 1500 nonprofit organizations and schools and 100 government partners, Operation HOPE has provided over 1.2 million low-wealth individuals with economic education and financial literacy support and empowerment. Taking the lead at making sure our free enterprise system is relevant to all underserved individuals and communities, Operation HOPE has taken on the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement – ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future to all communities. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.operationhope.org or read our blog at www.operationhope.org/blog.